WAGRAU Stories

Judith’s Story

On Friday evening a very pregnant woman walked into our office asking for help. She’d traveled eight kilometers (nearly 5 miles) on foot, alone.  She introduced herself as Judith, and at 29 years old this was the 8th child she was expecting.  Judith had been chased out of her own home by her husband who had brought his mistress home with him. We learned that Judith had spent 4 days and nights hiding in the bush before sneaking back to grab a few things from home, dressing and walking to WAGRAU. Judith wanted help pressing charges against her husband.  As...

Enid’s Story

‘Certain forms of Violations against one’s body are deeper than others yet one thing remains true, they all hurt’. This was the response I got from Enid as I stood helpless and speechless upon hearing her story. Enid underwent humiliation and degradation as she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), an ancient practice that has since been outlawed yet is still practiced in secret. The practice is carried out by traditional unskilled ‘experts’. The knives used are unsterilized and no anesthetic is used.  Therefore Enid and many other girls who undergo this ritual ‘face the knife’ (as the community...

Jajja’s Story

Jajja is a title of respect given to an elderly person. Though Jajja does not remember exactly how old she is, conversations she had with community members puts her age between 80-85. Jajja has lived in the community of Bajjo for over 50 years since she married at 17-20 years old. In a country where polygomy is still common, Jajja was one of the ‘lucky’ elderly women, she was the only ‘woman of the home’ as locals put it. Her husband never had a wife before and never officially brought home another woman. According to Jajja, she doesn’t recall any...

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